If you’ve ever had conversations with people in online chat rooms, used instant message apps, had a conversation via text message, or engaged in a discussion with a teenager, you must have at least come across some of the instant message abbreviations out there. In spite of the fact that they have a tendency to be grammatically incorrect, they are commonly used in the cyber space these days making sending text messages snappy and less demanding on your fingers. It’s better to know them and familiarize yourself with them because chances are that you will have to understand them at some point if you haven’t already.
With the increase in the popularity in the use of online text-based communications came the development of an innovative texting language, designed to enhance communication. Today, text and chat abbreviations are used on Facebook. These chat abbreviations are common on Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging, email, Internet and online gaming services, chat rooms, discussion boards and mobile phone text messaging (SMS).